Think Learn & Perform (TLP): GS Mains Synopsis [Day 83]

  • November 23, 2015
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TLP: GS Mains Synopsis [Day 83]


Q.1) The line between public and private life is getting thinner day by day. Privacy of public servants and even politicians gets breached regularly by an increasingly intrusive media and a highly active civil society. How do you perceive this trend? What implications would it have in the near future? As a public servant, how you would thwart these challenges?


The Top Answer for this Question is written by – Rahul Agarwal


Ans) Public life of a person could be defined as his actions and decisions while discharging duty of a public post, while the Private life is the conduct in family, social and community matters. Previously our administrators and politicians have to face scrutiny only in their public life, but with 24*7 media and over enthusiastic journalists, a public servant is always under scrutiny.

There are incidents of sting operations, every event gets recorded and played multiple times in medias. Interviews are quoted out of context. A recent example of a media clip concerning chief minister of Bihar even went on to become a political issue. Media even try to cover the family members and other related persons of civil servant.


Transparency is certainly bedrock of good governance, but it should not be at the cost of invasion of privacy. Personal affairs shouldn’t be made national affairs on the prime time news channels. With proliferation of news channels and lack of effective self regulation such situations are bound to increase.


As a public servant my approach would be:

A. To maintain high standards in personal life so that I can withstand any scrutiny.

B. To observe professionalism of highest degree, and restricting the invasion of my private life, by refusing any involvement in personal matters.

C. Advising family members to maintain dignity and decorum so that they do not get unwarranted attention


As a civil servant, I need to be accountable and transparent, but would also be vigilant about my privacy of personal life too. 

Q.2) Many examples from around the world glorify the ‘rags to riches’ stories. Which story fascinates you the most? Why.


The Top Answer for this Question is written by – Abhishek V


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Q.3) Case Study


You are in charge of the district education department. There is an ongoing discussion to involve the parents of students enrolled in the state schools at primary and secondary levels to inculcate human values at an early age. What roles do you foresee for the parents in shaping the moral personality of their children? What sort of association between teachers and parents can show better results in your district? Suggest a roadmap for the same.


The Top Answer for this Question is written by – Tendulkar



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High Order Thinking


Q.1) The vagaries of weather combined with weak institutions have led to severe agrarian distress in India. Only a comprehensive roadmap that focuses equally upon input cost, infrastructure creation, credit facilities, marketing framework and insurance support can provide meaningful and sustainable relief to the agricultural sector. Examine.


The Top Answer for this Question is written by – Saurabh Singh



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Q.2) The rhetoric of global war on terror must transform into an actionable roadmap to uproot terrorism. However, this is possible only when the categorization in the form of good and bad terrorism would cease to exist and consensus is evolved on the very definition and characteristics of terrorism. Critically examine.


The Top Answer for this Question is written by – Annapurna Garg



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